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The Waterstones Round Up: July's Best Books

Posted on 29th June 2021 by Mark Skinner

This month we welcome the return of the beloved Matt Haig with tips for self-comfort in troubling times as well as searing and important new works from Candice Brathwaite and Otegha Uwagba. If it's fictional escapism that you're after look no further than the latest page-turners from Santa Montefiore and Deborah Moggach whilst compelling crime comes courtesy of James Ellroy and Lisa Jewell.

 

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The journalist and author of Jog On delivers a scorchingly black satire of family dysfunction and the media’s obsession with murder, as the engaging anti-hero Grace reveals the full extent of her gleeful homicidal spree.
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A witty, tender-hearted novel about the misadventures of a serial funeral crasher, The Black Dress is a playful evocation of breaking free from isolation and moving on with love and life from the author of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

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The bestselling author of Flappy Entertains and Here and Now delivers another warm and poignant slice of romance as the biographer of a famed aristocratic family finds herself unexpectedly entwined in the lives of its members.

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Richly imagined and drawing from history and myth, Parker-Chan’s haunting epic reimagines the life of a peasant rebel-turned-founding emperor of the Ming dynasty in fourteenth-century China.

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Warm-hearted and possessed of a skewed wit which is frequently laugh-out-loud funny, comedian Suttie’s debut novel focuses on the anxieties of modern life and the desperate desire for everything to go perfectly.

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The award-winning sportswriter hits the back of the net with his enthralling fiction debut, as a former player-turned-caretaker manager desperately tries to save his team from Premier League relegation.

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A tender and intimate story about the realities of marriage, motherhood and guilt, Everyone Is Still Alive is the engrossingly crafted debut novel from the author of A Manual for Heartache.

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Dripping with bohemian glamour, the Berlin-set debut novel from acclaimed artist Calla Henkel focuses on a sinister game of deception played out between two American art students and their enigmatic thriller writer landlady.

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The myth of Orpheus and Eurydice stunningly reimagined in an intoxicating novel centred on a rock megastar's retreat into a damaging and destructive love affair.
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The disappearance of a Sri Lankan nanny from her new life in Nicosia is the catalyst for an unexpected, moving journey through hidden lives and layered secrets in a mesmerising novel that puts real faces to the immigrant experience, from the author of The Beekeeper of Aleppo.

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Set amidst the violence of the Second Sino-Japanese war and boasting a varied cast of characters, Wuhan is an expansive, multinarrative epic of China’s last stronghold against fascism.
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From the author of The Animals at Lockwood Manor comes a beautifully menacing and perilous exploration of illicit passion, in which a young woman's dreams collide with her mother's past.
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Drawing from Vietnamese folklore and history, this gorgeously eerie novel about two young women who go missing decades apart whisks the reader from colonial mansions and haunted woods to derelict zoos and Saigon nightclubs.

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A luckless woman takes her father's ashes on a tour of the sea areas of the shipping forecast in Teddern's whimsical, feel-good tale of rediscovering the important things in life.
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A gruesome slaughter in an Amsterdam canal house leads assassin Louis on the trail of Serbian war criminals in this masterfully constructed tale of retribution and wild justice from the author of The Dirty South.

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Populated by countless Hollywood idols from Elizabeth Taylor to Burt Lancaster and dripping with the seedy glamour of 1950's Los Angeles, this panoramic work from the author of LA Confidential tracks the exploits of real-life private eye and fixer, Freddy Otash.
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The author of Invisible Girl returns with the chilling story of a missing daughter, an abandoned house in the woods and a sinister note that may hold the key to uncovering a grisly truth.

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Audacious and original, Billingham’s propulsive thriller sees the murder of a man on a psychiatric ward investigated by a detective who is a patient herself.

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Weaving themes of race and sexuality into a muscular, violent revenge thriller, the author of Blacktop Wasteland unites two ex-cons - one Black, one white - in an uneasy alliance to hunt down the killers of their sons.

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Following the struggles of an adolescent who witnesses a suicide when camping in the South of France, Heatwave is an award-winning psychological thriller fuelled by searing tension.
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The bestselling author of The Ice Cream Girls and All My Lies Are True delivers a heartpounding thriller of pace and menace, as a diary revealing her neighbours' darkest secrets turns up on a woman's doorstep.

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From the author of the whip-smart Sunburn comes another pulsating psychological thriller, as a writer is tormented by a woman claiming to be the inspiration for one of his fictional characters.
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Deftly constructed and suffused with tenderness and melancholy, Silvey’s exquisite debut throws two individuals together multiple times across time and space, forcing them to confront the question of why they keep meeting in so many different lives.

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A masterwork of intrigue and imagination, The God Is Not Willing opens a new epic fantasy series from Steven Erikson, leading the reader into the richly imagined world of Silver Lake where past troubles are about to resurface.
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A dazzling, terrifying dystopia about climate catastrophe and the nature of truth, Notes from the Burning Age places humanity’s hunger for power and tendency towards denial under an unforgiving light.
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Inspired by the Grimm Brothers' fairy tale The Six Swans, Lim's evocative fantasy follows a banished princess' quest to track down her transformed cousins.
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From the author of the bestselling Horrorstör, The Final Girl Support Group delves into the deep darkness of a therapy group unlike any other.
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A big, warm hug of a book from the beloved author of The Humans and The Midnight Library that deftly mixes philosophy and memoir to create an indispensable manual for self-love and emotional resilience.

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Fiercely funny and brutally frank, Keep the Receipts brings together riotous and unflinching discussions between the three women behind the hugely popular The Receipts Podcast.

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A delightful love song to cooking and kitchen therapy, Candice Brown’s inspiring collection of delicious recipes primed for comfort – easy to prepare and a joy to eat.

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Guardian columnist Rachel Roddy's love letter to pasta brings together essays, history and mouthwatering recipes in an inspiring celebration of Italy's favourite food.
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A true treat for fish and seafood lovers, Prawn on the Lawn serves up a wonderful selection of recipes for light and delicious frutti di mare sharing plates.
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Bursting with laugh-out-loud humour and relatable anecdote, the successful screenwriter’s memoir traces her struggles with anxiety in gloriously idiosyncratic fashion.
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Filled with tenacity and humour, Anita Rani’s heart-warming memoir charts her journey from growing up in a Punjabi family in 80s Yorkshire to the present day and reflects on what it means to find your identity in between two cultures.

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Drawing both from the African continent and the global diaspora, Sekyiamah’s revelatory volume highlights the varied sexual experiences and preferences of African women and the journeys – both mental and physical – that they have undergone to own their sexuality.
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First published in 1976, Gilroy's powerful and invigorating memoir details not only the author's rise to become one of Britain's first Black headteachers but also brings to life the challenges that the Windrush generation faced - as well as the focus and ambition that ensured success against the odds.
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The definitive life of the profoundly influential early-Georgian satirist, Hogarth paints a vivacious portrait of a complex, larger-than-life figure and the bustling, corrupt and degenerate London that he so savagely documented.
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Perfect reading for expectant mothers everywhere, My Child and Other Mistakes is a humorous and frank look at the challenges of modern motherhood from comedian and broadcaster Ellie Taylor.

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From a ramshackle Liverpudlian upbringing to finding fame with indie legends Echo and the Bunnymen, Sergeant’s engrossing memoir paints a vivid picture of a time when society was changing rapidly and music felt like the ultimate escape.

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Ranging over millennia and spanning the globe, Lucassen’s fascinating and deeply researched book examines labour relations and the meaning of work from hunter-gatherers to present-day Zoom rooms.
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A collection of sharp, smart and fearless essays from the author of I Am Not Your Baby Mother, Sista Sister is packed full of the wisdom and advice that Candice wished she’d received as a young Black girl.

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The follow-up to the jaw-dropping A Very Stable Genius picks apart the chaos and confrontation of the final twelve months of Trump’s presidency with forensic skill and page-turning prose.
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A no-nonsense, highly entertaining manual for getting to grips with the workings of Westminster from one of the nation’s most outspoken MPs.

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In her sparkling essay collection, the Booker-prize shortlisted author of Ducks, Newburyport explores a rich array of topics, ranging from Donald Trump to sex strikes.
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Highlighting both unconscious and deliberate bias against women, Sieghart's trenchant critique of ongoing sexism contains incisive contributions from Bernardine Evaristo, Mary Beard and Baroness Hale amongst others.

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The author of the acclaimed Whites turns her attention to the complex and pernicious world of money - and all the consequences of either having or not having it – through a deft blend of candid memoir and stark socio-political commentary.
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In this major study of the scientific mission to combat the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, leading scientist Farrar gives a compelling insight into the challenges of responding to an unprecedented medical emergency and how governments around the world reacted.
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A gripping, inspirational account of the race to create a functioning vaccine to combat the spread of Covid-19, Vaxxers is the story of two scientists who have accomplished something truly remarkable at a pace that few people ever thought possible.
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The celebrated author of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit and Frankissstein delivers a dozen characteristically astute essays concerning the uses and abuses of Artificial Intelligence.
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The author of How to Change Your Mind turns his attention to a trio of psychoactive plants that humans have used to change consciousness in this entertaining and illuminating volume on a seldom explored topic.
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With a foreword from Bernardine Evaristo and contributions from the likes of Simon Armitage and Jackie Kay, Gifts of Gravity and Light is a stunning almanac featuring essays and poetry on nature's magical transformations throughout the four seasons.
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The acclaimed author of Meadowland digs deep into the history of his family's farm in this lyrical, deftly constructed portrait of rural England through the centuries.
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Exploring the valuable effects of the natural world on human health, Samantha Walton draws from science, history, literature and art to examine and celebrate the deep roots of the nature cure.
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With humour and philosophical insight, Stefano Mancuso examines the lessons humans can learn from flora in a delightful manifesto on plant intelligence.
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